Melissa Du+ Your Authors @melissadooo Co-founder of @cadenceworkapp (YC W20). I enjoy reading and riding my bike. Previously @Stanford @Dropbox. Jul. 21, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I love first sentences of books. I think it's so beautiful - and magical - that an author can convey so much about a character, a scene, even the entire plot, in just one sentence.

Some of my absolute favorite first sentences from books I've read:

"Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know."

-- The Stranger, by Albert Camus

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth."

-- Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

"Somebody must have made a false accusation against Joseph K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong."

-- The Trial, by Franz Kafka

"When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it."

-- Gone Girl, by @TheGillianFlynn

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

-- 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez

"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."

-- Mrs. Dalloway, by Virgina Woolf

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